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Grape Starter

Is a tool to help you to build up a skeleton for a Grape API mounted on Rack ready to run. grape-swagger would be used to generate a OAPI compatible documentation, which could be shown with ReDoc.

ReDoc demo

Why the next one?

  • build up a playground for your ideas, prototypes, testing behaviour … whatever
  • no assumtions about you can choose, if you want to use a backend/ORM, ergo no restrictions, only a pure grape/rack skeleton with a nice documentation


Install it

$ gem install grape-starter

Create a new project

$ grape-starter new awesome_api

with following options:

-f, --force                # overwrites existend project
-p foobar, --prefix=foobar # sets the prefix of the API (default: none)
-o sequel, --orm=sequel    # create files for the specified ORM, available: sequel, activerecord (ar) (default: none)

This command creates a folder named awesome_api containing the skeleton. With following structure:

├── <Standards>
├── api
│   ├── base.rb        # the main API class, all other endpoints would be mounted in it
│   ├── endpoints      # contains the endpoint file for a resource
│   │   └── root.rb    # root is always available, it exposes all routes/endpoints, disable by comment it out in base.rb
│   └── entities       # contains the entity representation of the reource, if wanted
│       └── route.rb
├── config             # base configuration
│   └── …
├── config.ru          # Rack it up
├── lib                # contains the additional lib file for a resource
│   ├── models
│   │   └── version.rb
│   └── models.rb
├── public             # for serving static files
│   └── …
├── script             # setup / server / test etc.
│   └── …
└── spec               # RSpec
    └── …

… using --orm flag adds follwing files and directories to above project structure:

├── .config
├── config
│   …
│   ├── database.yml
│   └── initializers
│       └── database.rb
├── db
│   └── migrations

Don't forget to adapt the config/database.yml to your needs and also to check the Gemfile for the right gems.

In .config the choosen ORM would be stored.

To run it, go into awesome_api folder, start the server

$ cd awesome_api
$ ./script/server *port

the API is now accessible under: http://localhost:9292/api/v1/root
the documentation of it under: http://localhost:9292/doc.

More could be found in README.

Add resources

$ grape-starter add foo [http methods]

This adds endpoint and lib file and belonging specs, and a mount entry in base.rb.

Using it with following options:

-e, --entity    # a grape entity file will also be created
-m, --migration # adds also a migration file, if an ORM is used
-o, --orm       # sets the parent class of libe file (e.g: `Foo < Sequel::Model` for Sequel)

to add CRUD endpoints for resource foo. By given http methods only this one would be generated. For available methods see: Templates::Endpoints.


grape-starter add foo post get

will use post and get_one to create the post and get endpoint, it would be respected, if it is the singular or plural form of it, so the plural form would look like:

grape-starter add foos post get

this will use post, get_all and get_specific to create the post, get and get :id endpoints.

If the orm switch true, the lib class would be created as child class of a specific ORM class, so for example for Sequel, it would be wirtten: Foo < Sequel::Model instead of Foo, hereby the using ORM would be taken from the configuration, which was stored by project creation.

Remove a resource

$ grape-starter rm foo

to remove previous generated files for a resource.


Any contributions are welcome on GitHub at https://github.com/LeFnord/grape-starter.

Adding a new ORM template

To add an new ORM, it needs following steps:

  1. A template class, with predefined methods …
module Starter
  module Templates
    module <YOUR NAME>
      def model_klass
        # the class, from which self inherit, e.g. 'Sequel::Model'

      def initializer
        # provide your string

      def config
        # provide your string

      def rakefile
        # provide your string

      def gemfile
        # provide your string

see as example sequel.rb, there the return value of each method would be written into the corresponding file (see: orms.rb).

  1. An additional switch in the Starter::Orms.build and Starter::Names.lib_klass_name methods to choose the right template.
  2. An entry in the description of the new command, when it would be called with -h


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.